L’union nationale en Syrie et au Venezuela

Comme nous l’annoncions seuls au début du mois, un pas décisif vers la paix a été franchi simultanément en Syrie et au Venezuela, le 16 septembre. Les deux nations ne se forcent plus à négocier avec des terroristes, mais leurs gouvernements ont entrepris de construire un nouveau régime en collaboration avec leur opposition patriotique. L’avenir … Continue reading “L’union nationale en Syrie et au Venezuela”

Iran, the U.S., and Saudi Arabia: Crisis and Opportunities

by François Nicoullaud Who exactly carried out the September 14 attacks on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia? Was it the Houthis? The Iranians? Some combination of the two? It does not really matter, as most already consider Iran the main culprit. In a diplomatic note sent to the United States through the Swiss … Continue reading “Iran, the U.S., and Saudi Arabia: Crisis and Opportunities”

Riyad se dit prêt à répondre à l’attaque contre ses sites pétroliers, une fois l’agresseur localisé

Dès que le lieu exact de lancement des drones qui ont attaqué les sites pétroliers saoudiens sera établie, Riyad prendra des mesures de représailles, a indiqué le ministre saoudien des Affaires étrangères, Adel al-Joubeir. Dès que le lieu exact de lancement des drones qui ont attaqué les sites pétroliers saoudiens sera établie, Riyad prendra des … Continue reading “Riyad se dit prêt à répondre à l’attaque contre ses sites pétroliers, une fois l’agresseur localisé”

Comment les Houthis ont renversé l’échiquier

Nous sommes les Houthis et nous arrivons. Avec leur attaque spectaculaire contre Abqaiq, les Houthis du Yémen ont renversé l’échiquier géopolitique en Asie du Sud-Ouest et sont allés jusqu’à introduire une toute nouvelle dimension : la possibilité distincte d’une action pour chasser la Maison des Saoud du pouvoir. Un retour de bâton, ça fait mal. … Continue reading “Comment les Houthis ont renversé l’échiquier”

Pourquoi les immigrés et leurs descendants votent-ils pour la droite dure israélienne ?

Benyamin Nétanyahou n’a pas réussi à reconquérir son poste de premier ministre. Quelques jours après les élections du 17 septembre 2019 qui n’ont vu aucun vote démarquer les candidats, l’incertitude demeure à Jérusalem. Les consultations débutent afin d’établir qui, de Benny Gantz (parti « Bleu-Blanc ») ou de Benyamin Nétanyahou (Likoud), devra former un gouvernement de coalition. Reste que … Continue reading “Pourquoi les immigrés et leurs descendants votent-ils pour la droite dure israélienne ?”

How economics can help save lives: a conversation with Alvin Roth, 2012 Nobel Prize laureate

Alvin Roth exposes his work on “disgusting markets” at the European Meeting of the ESA (Economic Science Association) on 7 September in Dijon, France. Lessac/BSB, Author providedThe work of American economist Alvin Roth is a direct response to those who believe that economics is more about mathematics than the real world. A professor at Stanford, … Continue reading “How economics can help save lives: a conversation with Alvin Roth, 2012 Nobel Prize laureate”

Trump à l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU : «L’avenir n’appartient pas aux mondialistes» (EN DIRECT)

Du 24 au 30 septembre, les chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement se relaient à la tribune de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies à New York, lors du débat général annuel, afin d’exposer leurs vues sur les questions d’ordre mondial. 17h47 CET Le président turc s’est élevé contre les discours de haine, notamment l’«islamophobie». Il a … Continue reading “Trump à l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU : «L’avenir n’appartient pas aux mondialistes» (EN DIRECT)”

Hot and Cold Tensions, What Iran and the US Offer Their Allies: Tehran’s Multiple Messages

The alternately hot and cold  tension between the US and Iran is evolving on the Middle Eastern stage where Tehran is hitting its enemies (on its own and with the help of its allies) without causing the death of a … The post Hot and Cold Tensions, What Iran and the US Offer Their Allies: Tehran’s … Continue reading “Hot and Cold Tensions, What Iran and the US Offer Their Allies: Tehran’s Multiple Messages”

The “Maximum Pressure” Policy is the Illegitimate Child of Diplomacy

by Bahman Fozouni The September 14 strikes against Saudi Arabia’s Khurais oilfield and Abqaiq processing facility, which the U.S. government quickly pinned on Iran, as well as President Trump’s decision to substantially increase sanctions against Iran in response, are sobering reminders that the firing of former National Security Advisor John Bolton has done little to … Continue reading “The “Maximum Pressure” Policy is the Illegitimate Child of Diplomacy”

US Stands Firm, Ready To Support Nation Behind 9/11 Attacks

SHOWCASING the sort of moral superiority it seeks to be known for the world over, the US government has reiterated it will stand resolutely alongside the nation largely responsible for facilitating the 9/11 attacks, after oil depots in Saudi Arabia suffered a drone attack allegedly carried out by Iran. “We’re ready for another cheap, easy… … Continue reading “US Stands Firm, Ready To Support Nation Behind 9/11 Attacks”

New Trump Iran Designation Threatens Humanitarian Goods

by Tyler Cullis In July 2019, Brian Hook—the U.S. Special Representative on Iran—released a video addressing the purported “myth” that the U.S. sanctions humanitarian trade with Iran. That wasn’t a “myth” at the time, as the U.S. had historically circumscribed how humanitarian trade with Iran may take place. But now more recent events indicate that … Continue reading “New Trump Iran Designation Threatens Humanitarian Goods”

L’ONU annonce création d’un Comité constitutionnel pour la Syrie

L’ONU a officialisé, le 23 septembre, la création d’un Comité constitutionnel pour la Syrie. Composé de membres du pouvoir en place et de l’opposition, il devra travailler à la rédaction d’une nouvelle Constitution afin de trouver un règlement politique au conflit qui fait rage dans le pays depuis 2011. Ce comité comprendra 150 personnes, 50 … Continue reading “L’ONU annonce création d’un Comité constitutionnel pour la Syrie”

Pakistan to formally protest in UN for Trump calling Iran a bigger supporter of terror than Pakistan

Pakistan has momentarily taken its focus away from Jammu & Kashmir and India, and trained their guns on USA and President Donald Trump. The post Pakistan to formally protest in UN for Trump calling Iran a bigger supporter of terror than Pakistan appeared first on Faking News.

The Drone Strikes on the Saudi Oil Facilities Have Changed Global Warfare

Photograph Source: VOA – Public Domain The devastating attack on Saudi oil facilities by drones and missiles not only transforms the balance of military power in the Middle East, but marks a change in the nature of warfare globally. On the morning of 14 September, 18 drones and seven cruise missiles – all cheap and … Continue reading “The Drone Strikes on the Saudi Oil Facilities Have Changed Global Warfare”

The Central Role of the Whistleblower

Photograph Source: thierry ehrmann – CC BY 2.0 The fortuitous emergence of a courageous whistleblower in the Trump White House and Harvard Professor Jill Lepore’s pathetically ill-informed review of Edward Snowden’s recent book, “Permanent Record,” are important reminders of the central and difficult role of whistleblowers in any successful effort to restore our democracy. The … Continue reading “The Central Role of the Whistleblower”

As Netanyahu’s Power in the Middle East Wanes, Trump Has to Find His Own Way to Deal with Iran

There is an extraordinary irony in the fate of both Benjamin Netanyahu and Iran. The first has been captaining the Titanic, in the words of one Israeli academic, through the past couple of days. The second – a rather better captain, it might be said – has been captaining a couple of tankers in and out of the … Continue reading “As Netanyahu’s Power in the Middle East Wanes, Trump Has to Find His Own Way to Deal with Iran”

On the Road to Damascus: International Conference in Syria on Sanctions and Its Blowback

“Welcome to your second country” was the greeting our Syrian hosts gave us when we arrived for the International Trade Union Forum for “solidarity with the workers and people of Syria against the economic blockade, imperialist interventions, and terrorism.” Throughout my short one-week stay, Syrians, on seeing I was a foreigner, would muster their best … Continue reading “On the Road to Damascus: International Conference in Syria on Sanctions and Its Blowback”

Iran: Neither Military Action Nor Economic Sanctions

It would be utterly immoral of the United States to launch a military attack upon Iran if it is true that one of the missiles that destroyed an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia on the 14th of September 2019 had a casing bearing a number that suggested that the weapon was manufactured for NATO forces. … Continue reading “Iran: Neither Military Action Nor Economic Sanctions”

Iran’s tango with Europe is rooted in its traditions and culture

French President Emmanuel Macron and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met at UN, New York, Sept 23, 2019. The joint statement issued by the leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom on September 23 indicting Iran for the attacks on the Saudi Aramco plants two weeks ago is at once consequential and declaratory.  The joint … Continue reading “Iran’s tango with Europe is rooted in its traditions and culture”

Téhéran espère des soutiens à l’ONU face à Washington

L’Iran compte proposer une nouvelle vision sécuritaire régionale. Il s’agit de l’Initiative de paix d’Ormuz (Hope). Washington a récemment formé une coalition militaire maritime pour protéger la navigation, rejointe les 18 et 19 septembre par Riyad et Abou Dhabi. En ce qui concerne les problèmes complexes et difficiles auxquels le golfe Persique est confronté aujourd’hui, la visite … Continue reading “Téhéran espère des soutiens à l’ONU face à Washington”

Ce n’est pas de savoir si l’Iran a un rôle dans l’attaque contre l’Arabie Saoudite qui est important

Ce sont les leçons à en tirer par les États-Unis Par Gareth Porter – Le 19 septembre 2019 – Source The American Conservative Le succès retentissant de l’attaque par drone de samedi contre le principal centre de traitement des exportations pétrolières de l’Arabie saoudite a amené la crise iranienne à un nouveau tournant. Elle a … Continue reading “Ce n’est pas de savoir si l’Iran a un rôle dans l’attaque contre l’Arabie Saoudite qui est important”

Saudi Arabia Won’t Attack Iran. But It May Pay Someone Else To

There is a longstanding joke told in the Middle East about Saudi Arabia’s reluctance to fight its own wars. “Saudi Arabia will fight until the last Pakistani,” the punchline goes, in reference to the fact that Pakistani troops have long supported Saudi’s military endeavors. The punchline has expanded lately to include the Sudanese, a recent addition … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia Won’t Attack Iran. But It May Pay Someone Else To”

La (nouvelle) guerre du Golfe aura-t-elle lieu ?

Alors que va s’ouvrir le 24 septembre la 74e session de l’Assemblée générale des Nations unies, la crise iranienne inquiète l’opinion et les responsables. Les risques de conflit sont grands. Peut-on envisager une désescalade ? Ou va-ton vers une nouvelle guerre du Golfe, avec les conséquences dramatiques qu’on peut imaginer. Peu importe au fond qui a attaqué le … Continue reading “La (nouvelle) guerre du Golfe aura-t-elle lieu ?”

Aramco’s Repairs Could Take Months Longer Than Company Anticipates, Contractors Say

“The extent of the damage means a return to normal operations at Abqaiq could take up to eight months, said some Saudi officials. Most technical experts who have seen the destruction firsthand said they share that view” The Saudi Arabian Oil Co. is in emergency talks with equipment makers and service providers, offering to pay … Continue reading “Aramco’s Repairs Could Take Months Longer Than Company Anticipates, Contractors Say”

Will More US Troops in Saudi Arabia Make America Great?

President Trump deserves credit for resisting the war cries from neocons like Sen. Lindsey Graham and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after last week’s attack on two Saudi oil facilities. Pompeo was eager to blame Iran because he wants war with Iran and anything that can trigger such a war is fine with him. So … Continue reading “Will More US Troops in Saudi Arabia Make America Great?”

The Crisis Over Strike on Saudi Oil Is Over – We Now Wait for the Next One

The crisis about the Yemeni drone and cruise missile attack on two Saudi oil installations is for now over. The Saudis and the U.S. accuse Iran of being behind the “act of war” as Secretary of State Pompeo called it. The Saudis have bombed Yemen with U.S. made bombs since 2015. One wonders how Pompeo is calling … Continue reading “The Crisis Over Strike on Saudi Oil Is Over – We Now Wait for the Next One”

America Confronts Iran: History of US-Iran Relations and the Rule of Law

It is said that maybe Iran was behind a recent attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. The Iranian Government denies that any attack was launched from Iranian territory. Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility for the attack; other accusations … The post America Confronts Iran: History of US-Iran Relations and the Rule of Law … Continue reading “America Confronts Iran: History of US-Iran Relations and the Rule of Law”

Macron, Merkel et Johnson accusent l’Iran d’être «responsable» de l’attaque contre l’Arabie saoudite

Les ambitions françaises de médiation sur la crise iranienne sont-elles compromises ? Le 23 septembre, le président de la République et les chefs des gouvernements allemand et britannique, ont accusé en chœur l’Iran d’être «responsable» de l’attaque du 14 septembre contre des installations pétrolières saoudiennes. Partant, les trois dirigeants l’ont exhorté à «s’abstenir de toute nouvelle provocation». «Il est … Continue reading “Macron, Merkel et Johnson accusent l’Iran d’être «responsable» de l’attaque contre l’Arabie saoudite”

The Indispensable Mediator: Europe’s Role in the U.S.-Iran Dispute

by Ellie Geranmayeh Tensions between Iran and the United States have risen to a dangerous new level. Recent attacks on Saudi Arabia – which the US blames on Tehran – severely disrupted global oil supplies, prompting President Donald Trump to consider tapping into US strategic reserves and, once again, threaten military action against Iran. Yet the events … Continue reading “The Indispensable Mediator: Europe’s Role in the U.S.-Iran Dispute”

Quand la science économique sauve des vies, conversation avec Alvin Roth, prix Nobel d’économie 2012

Alvin Roth expose ses travaux sur les marchés « répugnants » lors de l’European Meeting de l’ESA (Economic Science Association), le 7 septembre à Dijon. Lessac / BSBÀ ceux qui objecteraient que les sciences économiques sont parfois hors-sol, on pourra leur opposer les travaux d’Alvin Roth. Ne vous fiez pas à l’intitulé de « la théorie … Continue reading “Quand la science économique sauve des vies, conversation avec Alvin Roth, prix Nobel d’économie 2012”

The U.S. Dilemma in the Middle East Isn’t Really a Dilemma

by Lawrence Wilkerson The Persian Gulf and its entryway, the Strait of Hormuz, have been a cockpit of U.S. strategic interest since President Jimmy Carter declared, in his January 1980 State of the Union address, that “An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an … Continue reading “The U.S. Dilemma in the Middle East Isn’t Really a Dilemma”

Le président iranien Hassan Rohani s’élève contre la militarisation du Moyen-Orient

Lors d’une déclaration prononcée à l’ouverture d’un défilé militaire à Téhéran, le 22 septembre, le président de la République islamique d’Iran a mis en garde contre une «course aux armements» imminente au Moyen-Orient. Des propos faisant écho aux tensions, au plus haut actuellement, entre l’Iran d’une part, l’Arabie Saoudite et son allié américain d’autre part. Le chef … Continue reading “Le président iranien Hassan Rohani s’élève contre la militarisation du Moyen-Orient”

The Persian Gulf Crisis: Beyond the Carter Doctrine

by Robert E. Hunter On January 23, 1980, President Jimmy Carter stood before the U.S. Congress and presented his annual State of the Union message. Its core analysis: The region which is now threatened by Soviet troops in Afghanistan is of great strategic importance: It contains more than two-thirds of the world’s exportable oil. The … Continue reading “The Persian Gulf Crisis: Beyond the Carter Doctrine”

Magie noire …

… les États-Unis envoient encore plus de systèmes de défense aérienne – qui ne fonctionnent pas – à l’Arabie saoudite Par Moon of Alabama – Le 21 septembre 2019 Le Washington Post a pris note de l’offre de la Russie de vendre ses systèmes de défense aérienne à l’Arabie Saoudite. Il n’aime pas ça : L’attaque contre … Continue reading “Magie noire …”

Persian Gulf Stability Requires Realism and Compromise

by Shireen T. Hunter In the aftermath of attacks on two Saudi Arabian oil installations, attributed either directly or indirectly to Iran, calls in the United States for punitive military action against Tehran have once more increased. As has often been the case in the past, those clamoring for military strikes against Iran focus mostly … Continue reading “Persian Gulf Stability Requires Realism and Compromise”

Le monde à l’épreuve d’un 4e choc pétrolier

comme si les trois derniers chocs pétroliers, ceux de 1973 (La guerre de Kippour), 1979 (La guerre Iran-Irak), 2008 (La spirale spéculative qui a suivi la crise des subprimes) ne suffisaient pas ! Le monde s’est réveillé une nouvelle fois ce samedi 14 septembre sur une très mauvaise nouvelle. Une attaque revendiquée par les houthis … Continue reading “Le monde à l’épreuve d’un 4e choc pétrolier”

NEW YORK – Assemblée générale de l’Onu : Les tensions avec l’Iran s’imposent

Une entrevue entre le Président américain Donald Trump et son homologue iranien Hassan Rohani, la semaine prochaine à New York, semble compromise. La question iranienne va dominer les travaux de l’Assem­blée générale des Nations unies (Onu) qui s’ouvre aujourd’hui. Les chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement -ou au moins les ministres des Affaires étrangères- des 193 … Continue reading “NEW YORK – Assemblée générale de l’Onu : Les tensions avec l’Iran s’imposent”

American Iago: On Washington’s Character Assassins

Othello and Iago – Public Domain Slander. Libel. Calumny. Defamation. Vituperation. Degradation. Vilification. Smears and trolling and backstabbing. Whatever you call it, reputation destruction is a tried-and-true foreign-policy tactic of Washington. Whether aimed at individuals or nations, the goal is regime change. It is character assassination writ large. When Washington does it, they don’t just … Continue reading “American Iago: On Washington’s Character Assassins”

A Careless Bully at the KFC at the End of Empire

Will Trump go to war with the Iranians or the homeless? Or both? Trump is a coward. The nation of Iran has the means and the will to fight. Do you recall the will displayed by Iranians when repelling foreign invaders when Iraq attempted to invade Iran as a de facto US proxy force? Conversely, … Continue reading “A Careless Bully at the KFC at the End of Empire”

See “Official Secrets”

Still from “Official Secrets.” The movie “Official Secrets,” which is just out, is about Katharine Teresa Gun, the British translator in the U.K. government’s equivalent to the U.S.’s NSA, who leaked a top secret memo in an effort to prevent the Iraq War (in which up to 1 million Iraqis and over 35 thousand U.S. … Continue reading “See “Official Secrets””

Europe Joins the De-Dollarization Party

The ongoing “World War of Currencies”, as the German journalist Daniel D. Eckert called it, the battle for the future of the world monetary system is not a shallow action film but more like Game of Thrones – a complex series with hundreds of actors and locations, stretching over decades and demanding full concentration from the viewer. … Continue reading “Europe Joins the De-Dollarization Party”